Marital Attitude Evaluation

Pinpoints areas of difficulty and satisfaction in a relationship

Will Schutz

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Anyone in a close personal relationship can benefit from the information brought to light by this evaluation. Based on the FIRO Awareness Scales model, respondents indicate the kinds of inclusion, control, and affection they desire from their partner and their understanding of their desires. The MATE measures five scales— Inclusion Behavior, Inclusion Feelings, Control Behavior, Control Feelings and Affection. The MATE is designed to explore the relationship between spouses or other closely related persons. It is an excellent resource for marriage, school and relationship counseling. Recommended for stimulating discussion and analysis of relationships.


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About the MATE

The Marital Attitudes Evaluation (MATE) by Will Schutz measures the amount of satisfaction that the respondents feel toward someone close to them (their mates) and the amount of satisfaction that they perceive their mates feel with them.

Satisfaction is measured in the areas of:

The MATE questionnaire is designed to explore the relationship between two people who have close contact with each other. Such pairs include husband and wife, parent and child, a couple living together, lovers, close friends, or two people who work together closely. The pair may be of the same gender or of opposite genders. The term mate is used generically to refer to each person in these relations. It means simply "one of a pair." MATE has been used very effectively as an opening to explore a relationship and can help to pinpoint areas of difficulty.

Sample question from Part I:

1 2 3 4 5 6
Definitely not true Not true Tends to be not true Tends to be true True Especially true

I want you to:            
1. Allow me more freedom 1 2 3 4 5 6
2. Display more affection for me. 1 2 3 4 5 6
3. Have more respect for my judgment 1 2 3 4 5 6
4. Feel more attached to me 1 2 3 4 5 6

Sample Question from Part II:

1 2 3 4 5 6
Definitely not true Not true Tends to be not true Tends to be true True Especially true

You want me to:            
1. Allow you more freedom 1 2 3 4 5 6
2. Display more affection for you. 1 2 3 4 5 6
3. Have more respect for your judgment 1 2 3 4 5 6
4. Feel more attached to you 1 2 3 4 5 6

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